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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Which "Mini" Tremolo Pedal should I get ???

DanL
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Northern CT - USA

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Feb 28th, 2017 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Let's see if the old FDP can help me decide on a new Tremolo pedal for my board. I need to get a small, mini trem pedal as I've maxed out the real estate on my board.

The sound I will mostly use is basically what you'd get from a Fender tube amp's "vibrato" effect; such as in my DRRI amp. If I'm using a different amp, I'd like to have that same type of tremolo available in a pedal.

I really only need classic vintage tremolo sounds like in the Beatles "Don't Bother Me". I don't need a lot of bells and whistles. Nor do I need crazy sounds, choppy trem, or a unusable rate ranges. Other than the Rate knob, it would be nice to be able to adjust the effect level, and depth via external knobs. I know a lot of them have internal trim pots which is ok too. Also, I'm reading a lot that some trem pedals lower your volume when u step on them, so having an adjustable volume knob or trim pot on the unit is required for me.

Price range: $150 max
Size: Has to be small/mini
Stereo/Mono: Mono is fine.
True Bypass: Yes

Units I'm seriously looking at:
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Malekko Analog Trem
Hot Tone Trem
Love Pedal Baby Face
Mooer Trelicopter

I've looked at lots of YouTube Vids and the pedal that I'm leaning towards is the Malekko, with the Baby Face a close 2nd.

All suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

Mick Reid
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Feb 28th, 2017 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey DanL.

The only one I can directly comment on is the Mooer Trelicopter. It had a significant volume drop when engaged. I found it to to be *too* significant for my liking.

I know there is a lot of discussion with tremolos about "perceived" volume drop vs actual, but imo, if I am "perceiving" it, it's there!

The only only other thing I can add, is that the Malekko stuff seems pretty good, and if I were looking for a small-sized tremolo, it would be on my "consideration" list too.

I had a Malekko Envelope Filter, but returned it because of a fault.
However that didn't stop me from acquiring a Malekko Ekko 616 analogue delay. Very happy with that. (still on my board)

I'll be interested to see what you end up with and your comments after you've used it for a while.


DanL
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Northern CT - USA

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Mar 1st, 2017 02:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the info Mick. Ya at this point I'm 99% I'm going to get the Malekko.

The LovePedal Baby Face is in the running as well, but not having the Depth knob on the outside is a real downer. The mini toggle switch to change the wav form of the trem on the Baby Face is pretty cool, but I can almost guarantee I'd set in once and never touch it.

Switched some patch cables around and made room on my main pedal board today for the mini Trem pedal. I checked out the size specs for both pedals above and it should fit perfectly.

I'll definitely post an update regardless of which pedal I get. Thanks!

DanL
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Northern CT - USA

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Mar 8th, 2017 08:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Mick, the Malekko Tremolo arrived the other day. I'm thrilled with this pedal! Here's my "honeymoon phase" review.

Pros:
Sounds great!!! Nice clear, rich analog tremolo sounds that work great for vintage trem tones. True bypass switch. Very small footprint. External depth knob (which some mini trem pedals don't have). Internal trim pot for increasing or decreasing volume. The pedal shipped with a very noticeable volume boost when I kicked on the pedal. It was a bit too much of a vol boost for me, so I unscrewed the back plate and within minutes I had the volume level fine tuned to be just where I wanted it ... just a slight boost.

Cons:
The taper of the speed knob is funky. From full counterclockwise to about 1/2 way there is virtually no difference in the rate of the trem. Then from 1/2 way to full on all the way clockwise, you get a big range of speeds to choose from. The problem is the knob is so sensitive after the 1/2 way point that tiny movements with the knob make fairly significant changes in the trem speed. It just takes you a little bit longer than normal to dial in the exact trem speed you want. It's not a huge deal. You can still find the trem speed you want, but it's the only reason I'm not giving 5 stars. If they fixed the Speed knob's taper, this pedal would simply be perfect.

I used the Malekko trem at band rehearsal last night and it sounded fantastic. Works well in the mix of a live band. The Fab Four's "Don't Bother Me" really came to life. Love this pedal! Really happy I got it.


deegood

USA

Jan 6th, 2018 02:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Have same question

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jan 6th, 2018 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Have same question"

There are heaps of choices out there nowadays and I don't have any specific recommendations, however, I don't think you necessarily need to break the bank either.

One thing I would add to my previous comment is to get a tremolo that includes a volume control.
Having a volume control mitigates the volume drop issue I mentioned.

My trem is a MOEN (not a mini) and I run it just above unity and it sits just right (to my ears).

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 05:47 PM, Jan 6th, 2018)

DanL

Northern CT - USA

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Jan 16th, 2018 10:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still have the Malekko Trem mini on my big board. Great little pedal. No regrets.


Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jan 16th, 2018 11:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

"I still have the Malekko Trem mini on my big board. Great little pedal. No regrets."

Hey DanL, I only read your previous comment about the rate knob.
It occurred to me that it might be worth sending Malekko an email about that.

I know they have had other issues with other pedals and heard they're good at rectifying problems. It could be a bad pot.

I tried one of their Envelope Filters that had a bad pot and the retailer sent it back for a replacement. I ended up just taking a refund, but the seller said it was a easy swap.

Just thought I'd mention it. Wish I'd read it in March!


DanL

Northern CT - USA

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Jan 18th, 2018 10:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey Mick! That rate is funky on all the vids I saw from other guys who demod the pedal on YouTube. But it's not at all an issue for me. I set it the same for every gig and never have to touch it. It's set at a pretty good clip for Don't bother Me and other songs. If i want a slower pulsating Trem it's in there. I'd just have to bend over and adjust the rate knob. Not a fan of bending over.

Ya I wonder if they've addressed the taper issue yet? Seems like an Uber simple fix. I dig the pedal though so no complaints. I actually forgot about the rate knob taper weirdness. Cuz I never touch it.

Cheers!


Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jan 19th, 2018 06:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good to hear it's working for you Dan.

Cheers

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